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Honda CR-Z Electric Cars

Chris Harris

2012 CR-Z

Who says hybrid can t be sexy? Why should they out on head-turning looks and driving just because they re the for environmental friendliness?

Honda its circa-$35K petrol-electric CR-Z as a indulgent coupe that change current perceptions of by being fun to drive everyday .

hype aside, the CR-Z has merit. It is, Honda says, the s first hybrid car to come with a six-speed manual

But don t be conned into thinking is some kind of high-performance or a reincarnation of the late 1980s from which it takes its inspiration. It s certainly not from the s hardcore Type-R stable,

Instead, the 1160 kilogram offers peppy performance and agility, but only after you ve the Sport button. With its dash now glowing red, the calls on its electric motor often for maximum torque off the while sharpening throttle and adding more steering

The rest of the time, the CR-Z its focus to fuel efficiency. It this by incrementally reducing to steering and throttle input, the of assistance from the electric and even the airconditioner s effectiveness.

means it s less engaging in or Normal modes where you re to learn the unsexy but dare we say it, ways of efficient driving via graphical tutorials that virtual trees on the dash to reward thriftiness.

Honda says the three modes allow the driver to between a spirited jaunt, economy or a balance between the

Still, it can be difficult to enjoy mode and be free of guilt the CR-Z s eco-symbolism so prominently So much for responsible indulgence.

its overtly green technology, a CR-Z officially uses 5.0 of petrol per 100 kilometres while the variable transmission (CVT) uses 4.7L/100km. Toyota s heavier Prius sips by contrast.

The twisty roads Victoria s Yarra Valley inspired an enthusiastic media admittedly mostly in Sport with little concern for Expect to see better than our average in everyday commuting.

With its short wheelbase a sense of nimbleness, the CR-Z flat through tight even if it lacks the innate between car and driver of a Mazda or the go-kart-like handling of a Mini

Like the Mazda, the CR-Z use more power. although the model feels brisker its 0-100km/h time of 9.7 seconds suggest. The CVT-equipped model comparatively sluggish at 10.2 however.

Honda CR-Z Electric Cars

Under the bonnet is a four-cylinder petrol unit and a electric motor that a combined 91kW of power and of torque. Its battery is stored the space-saver spare wheel in the

When paired with the gearbox, there s also an exhaust note and even a of Honda s much-loved induction at higher revs. Tyre also adds to the mix.

The CVT its walking stick-like gearlever driver delight with a engine drone, while torque to 167Nm. At least it comes with steering paddle shifters for some

The self-shifter costs an extra on the entry-level CR-Z Sport from $34,990 plus and dealer costs) and comes on the CR-Z Luxury (from

The CR-Z s interior is a mix of pleasure and The low driving position is reminiscent of the hatches of the 1980s and 90s with legroom and passable headroom for adults, and the dash presentation is intuitive and made of decent-quality

But why Honda bothered to fit a rear into the 2+2 coupe is confusing, and if you inflict it upon even children.

Perhaps the flat-folding backrest helps to insulate tyre noise from occupants. Then there s the porthole-like side windows for a claustrophobic feel. At least s a decent-sized boot, though.

isn t expecting the CR-Z to become a seller. Instead, it hopes the coupe will inject sports-oriented vitality back its range.

It s far from perfect, given there are conventionally alternatives that sip less But the CR-Z is a bit unusual and, by keen pricing, could difficult to resist for hybrid yearning for a little more

Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars
Honda CR-Z Electric Cars

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